The Scarlet Letter: Tone and Point of View
The tone in chapter one of The Scarlet Letter gives an almost eerie feel of the prison door that the townspeople stand before. It also dictates the importance and historical value of the prison door. The citizens must feel that the door has a special significance.
The point of view in this passage is taken from the third person limited perspective. It was most likely in the eyes of an onlooker, watching the townspeople in front of the prison door. The point of view carries through the whole first chapter, describing the setting, time, and significance of the door. It shows the crowd of people outside the door, from the “bearded men in sad-colored garments and gray, steeple-crowned hats, intermixed with women, some wearing hoods, and others bareheaded,” all assembled in front of the door. The point of view takes a blast into the past, where it explains the historical significance of the prison door. After the point of view switches from present description to historical analysis, it switches to observe the rose bush by the door. It then provides the transition to the next chapter.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Tone and Organization
The tone in this passage is persuasive and powerful; one of the most famous speeches in the history of the U.S. must be incredibly poignant. It aims to sweep the audience off their feet with its moving and motivating power. Lincoln is successful with his emotional tone in informing the citizens of the problem.
The organization in this passage moves from a historical importance, to the present dilemma, to motivational advice. In the beginning, Lincoln informs the audience about how our nation was born, “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Then he transitions into the present, where he informs that our nation is “engaged in a great civil war,” and the nation will not be able to hold together much longer. Lincoln brings a ray of light into the dilemma, saying that they should “dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation might live. Then Lincoln transitions into a larger sense of the predicament. He mourns the dead, admitting that he could do nothing for them except to resolve the war so that they did not die in vain. He proposes to honor these fallen heroes by introducing a birth of freedom. He says that the “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.